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MagSafe Battery Pack Prototype Shows Earlier Design With Glossy Plastic and Rear LED

Wednesday January 5, 2022 6:42 am PST by
Images of a prototype Apple MagSafe Battery Pack have today been shared online, revealing a look at the iPhone accessory from when it was in internal development. The images, which come from Twitter account @ArchiveInternal, show a prototype version of Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack which differs from the final retail version of the Battery Pack in a number of ways. The prototype features a...
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Transparent AirPods and 29W Power Adapter Prototypes Surface in Photos

Tuesday November 30, 2021 6:16 am PST by
Images of transparent prototype AirPods and a 29W Apple power adapter have been shared on Twitter by Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti. The prototypes, which appear to be either first-generation or second-generation AirPods, feature clear plastic along the stem and around the outer side of the earbud, with the normal white plastic on the inner side of the earbud. Transparent casings are ...
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Working AirPower Prototype Shown in Video Clip

Thursday August 5, 2021 7:34 am PDT by
A video of a seemingly functional AirPower prototype has been shared on Twitter by Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti, in what appears to be a first-of-its-kind look at the elusive charger in action. AirPower pic.twitter.com/bv8gi0NiiL— Giulio Zompetti (@1nsane_dev) August 5, 2021 The video shows a unique on-screen iOS animation when the iPhone is placed on the ‌AirPower‌ charging mat, ...
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Apple Watch Series 3 Prototype May Show Contacts for Potential 'Smart Bands'

Thursday June 24, 2021 7:41 am PDT by
Apple may have tested "Smart Bands" for the Apple Watch, according to a new image of a prototype device. The image, shared by developer and prototype collector Giulio Zompetti, shows two metal contacts inside an Apple Watch Series 3 prototype's band slot, either side of the diagnostic port. Zompetti postulated that the "two unusual pads are exposed to the band," and may be a kind of...
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Images of Prototype Show Apple Planned iPad With Two Ports

Monday March 29, 2021 6:20 am PDT by
Apple prototyped models of the first-generation iPad with two ports for expanded docking options, according to images of a prototype unit. Shared on Twitter by Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti, the images reinforce previous reports that Apple was planning to offer two 30-pin connector ports on the original ‌iPad‌, with one on the base below the Home Button, and one on the left-hand...
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Apple Prototyped a Jet Black iPhone X

Friday March 12, 2021 11:18 am PST by
With the launch of the iPhone 7 in 2016, Apple debuted a new "Jet Black" color, which was a glossy, shiny finish that was a departure from the standard brushed aluminum finishes of the iPhones that preceded it. Jet Black was unique because of how dark it was in comparison to other "black" and "space gray" finishes at the time. Apple hasn't used the same Jet Black finish for another phone to...
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Prototype iPhone 12 Pro Shown Off in Photos

Wednesday January 13, 2021 2:39 pm PST by
Developer Giulio Zompetti, who often shows off prototype versions of Apple devices, today highlighted a prototype version of the iPhone 12 Pro. The ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro is running an operating system called SwitchBoard, a nonUI version of the iOS 14 update that Apple uses internally. We've seen SwitchBoard on prototype devices before, as Apple uses it to test new features. Zompetti's prototype ...
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Images of Prototype Apple Macintosh With Clear Casing Shared Online

Sunday December 6, 2020 8:20 am PST by
Twitter user @DongleBookPro has shared images of a prototype Macintosh Classic with a translucent casing. The final retail Macintosh Classic used an iconic beige plastic, so it is rare to see one with a clear casing. This allows it to show off many of the Macintosh's internal parts, such as its nine-inch CRT monitor. It also highlights just how much empty space there was within the...
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Odd Apple-Designed Magnetic Wireless Charger Prototype Surfaces in Leaked Video

Thursday September 17, 2020 10:42 am PDT by
Amid rumors that Apple is continuing to work on some kind of wireless charging mat after the failure of the AirPower, 9to5Mac has shared a video said to depict an Apple "magnetic wireless charger prototype." The charger is a flat white disc with some kind of connector at the back, which appears to allow it to attach to another device. The circular shape resembles the Qi-based wireless...
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Images of Apple Watch Prototype in iPod Nano-Style Security Case Shared Online

Friday September 4, 2020 7:12 am PDT by
Images of what appears to be an original Apple Watch prototype in its security case have been shared online by Twitter user @AppleDemoYT. The photos show a prototype stainless steel Apple Watch concealed within a silicone security case, marked with a redacted serial number. Apple usually transports its prototype and testing units in thick protective cases that are intended to mislead and...
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Apple Once Prototyped a Mac Mini With an iPod Dock

Sunday August 23, 2020 12:27 pm PDT by
Twitter user @DongleBookPro has today shared images of a prototype first-generation Mac mini with a built-in dock for an iPod nano. The images show a first-generation ‌Mac mini‌ with a 30-pin dock connector cutout on the top for an iPod nano. Otherwise, the computer appears to be virtually identical to the version that came to market in 2005. These types of docks were more commonly seen on...
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Prototype Third-Gen iPod Touch With Rear Camera Shown Off in New Photos

Wednesday May 27, 2020 2:01 pm PDT by
Prior to when Apple released the third-generation iPod touch in September of 2009, it explored a prototype version that had a centered rear camera, a feature the iPod touch ultimately did not launch with. Giulio Zompetti, a developer who collects Apple device prototypes, today shared some photos of the third-generation iPod touch with rear camera, giving us a clear look at the design...
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Rare Original Apple Watch Prototypes Surface

Tuesday April 14, 2020 12:31 pm PDT by
Apple released the first Apple Watch in 2015, but prior to when the original model was released, Apple worked on the design for several years. With every new device, Apple makes multiple prototypes, and today, a few Apple Watch prototypes surfaced on the internet. As highlighted by Vice's Motherboard, prototype collector Giulio Zompetti has shared images of a handful of Apple Watch...
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Vintage Prototype Macintosh Portable M5120 Shown Off in New Photos

Tuesday September 17, 2019 12:16 pm PDT by
It's always interesting to get a look back at Apple's past, especially when it comes to prototype devices that were never actually released to the public, so we thought we'd share some photos of a restored Macintosh Portable M5120, sent to us by Sonny Dickson. Unlike the launch version of the Macintosh Portable, which was sold in the late 1980s in a beige color, this model is a prototype...
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Apple's 1993 W.A.L.T. Combined Telephone and Fax Machine Prototype Seen in Action in New Video

Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:27 am PDT by
At Macworld Boston in 1993, Apple introduced a prototype device called the Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone, or the W.A.L.T., the company's first desktop telephone and, like the Newton, a precursor to the iPhone. Little is known about the W.A.L.T., and while it's been seen in images, there's never been a video of it in action, until today. Sonny Dickson this morning shared a video that shows...
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Prototype Development Board of Original iPhone Surfaces in Never-Before-Seen Photos

Tuesday March 19, 2019 7:25 am PDT by
The Verge has obtained never-before-seen photos of a development board for the original iPhone, providing an interesting look back at the measures Apple took to ensure the smartphone remained as much of a secret as possible. The large circuit board contains nearly all of the original ‌iPhone‌'s components, including its processor, memory, storage, 30-pin dock connector, camera, home button,...